We are all woven together!

The next generation

Posted August 5, 2020 @ 6:29pm | by Melanie

Samuel Quispe Paredes has been working with yarn for about 30 of his 33 years. I met him when he was nine years old. That was in 1996 when I started working with his Padre Wilber Quispe. I clearly remember the shy boy, the oldest of three siblings, winding yarn at his Dad’s side. I asked him...

 

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The Chair

Posted July 16, 2020 @ 2:01pm | by Melanie

It hasn’t been easy saying ‘Hasta Luego’ to my beloved Northrup King arts studio of sixteen years. The vibrant Northrup King Building is a cornerstone of the NE Minneapolis Arts district, it anchors the creative community. The building has organically grown to be what is is today...

 

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Follow an Africa Cloth to Peru and back

Posted June 1, 2020 @ 5:39pm | by Melanie

The rug design started with a visit to my friend Sam’s second home in Galisteo, NM. Sam introduced me to the magical area of the SW shortly after she had joined my Peru trip in 2009. Galisteo is a vibrant arts community near Santa Fe. Her adobe home was built by this colorful character Ken,...

 

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Amano Museum Forever

Posted May 6, 2020 @ 10:40am | by Melanie

Mario Amano died this week at 64 years old. It’s impossible to grasp the depth of loss for the venerable Amano Museum, in Lima, Peru. Mario’s Father, Yoshitaro Amano, started the museum in 1964 with his vast collection of Pre-Incan textiles and ceramics.The collection especially...

 

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Textiles provide hope

Posted April 8, 2020 @ 12:49pm | by Melanie

In mid March, about the time the COVID-19 nightmare was starting to unfold…I was unsure of how to spend my Saturday, a day when I would normally have open studio at Northrup King. It was still at least a week shy of the stay at home order, yet the darkness was setting in. I had compiled a...

 

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Rug Layering

Posted October 21, 2019 @ 9:42am | by Melanie

I’ve been selling rugs in the market place since 1987. The Mpls Farmers Market was my retail start. It was quite a different market place back then. It was the place to be at the time, vibrant with an upscale appreciation for textiles. Being across from the International Market Square Design...

 

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